DNA Favorites Blog

This is Richard Hill, founder of DNA Favorites. I don't write long, detailed blogs. My blogging style matches that of my website: clear, concise summaries with links to learn more.

I typically share these posts to my DNA Favorites Facebook page and to my RichardHillDNA accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can follow me in whatever medium you prefer.

Jan 30, 2023

Adoptee Finds His 102-Year-Old Birth Mother

Louisiana made is easier for adopted adults to access their birth certificates. And this mother uploaded her DNA at age 102.

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Jan 27, 2023

Full Siblings Placed for Adoption Find Each Other

Two full siblings were each adopted at birth and placed with different families. They finally found each other through a DNA test.

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Jan 25, 2023

Enhancements to the DNA Coverage Tool

Another great tool at DNA Painter has been updated with further enhancements. Read about it here.

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Jan 23, 2023

DNA Solves an Abandoned Baby Mystery

Abandoned in a garden as an infant, Tina died without knowing why. But her daughter used DNA to discover the secrets behind her mother's story.

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Jan 20, 2023

Solving Genealogical Mysteries

Several DNA tests can help you solve genealogical mysteries. See this page to compare the strengths and limitations of the top five DNA testing companies. Then click the links to learn more and see current prices.

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Jan 19, 2023

Genetic Genealogy DNA Test Only $49

MyHeritage is having a winter sale. Their DNA test has been reduced from $89 to just $49. The sale ends soon so order now.

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Jan 18, 2023

How to Handle a DNA Test Surprise

As more people do genetic genealogy DNA tests, some of them make shocking family discoveries. This article provides advice and support options.

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Jan 16, 2023

DNA Quest Leads Man to Granddaughter and Brother

Here is yet another success story from the DNA Quest program sponsored by MyHeritage.

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Jan 13, 2023

Raised as White, Woman Learns Her Father was Black

A DNA test uncovered that surprise at age 64. Another big surprise would follow that one.

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Jan 11, 2023

Top 5 DNA and Genetic Genealogy Blog Posts in 2022

The people at Legacy Tree Genealogists know a lot about DNA testing. Here are five posts that can help you better understand genetic genealogy.

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Jan 09, 2023

Stolen as a Baby, Adoptee Finds Birth Mother and Siblings

Many babies adopted internationally were the result of coerced adoption or child trafficking. Here's one such story with a happy ending.

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Jan 06, 2023

DNA Solves a 100-Year-Old Adoption Mystery

This Jewish woman was adopted more than 100 years ago and never knew her biological family. With the help of DNA testing, her grandson uncovers the truth.

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Jan 04, 2023

Online Course on DNA Testing for Genealogy

The National Genealogical Society is offering a 14-module course on "Understanding and Using DNA Test Results." Learn more and register here:

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Jan 02, 2023

DNA Surprise: Best Friends are Actually Sisters

Two women, both adopted from the Dominican Republic, met at work and became friends. This video shares their story and the meeting with their biological father.

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Dec 30, 2022

Long-Lasting DNA Test Kit Leads Woman to Sister

More than 3 years after getting a free DNA test kit, Debie finally sends in a sample and solves her lifelong mystery.

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Dec 29, 2022

Free Genealogy Webinars for 2023

Registration is now open for the 2023 Legacy Family Tree Webinars series. Choose from 177 live classes. I will be presenting two of them on DNA topics.

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Dec 28, 2022

DNA Testing Helps Auschwitz Survivor Find Family

This Holocaust survivor has been searching for his twin brother, ever since the two were separated in Auschwitz when they were only four. Here's how DNA is helping.

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Dec 26, 2022

The Power of DNA Testing Your Siblings and Cousins

Blaine Bettinger's Shared Cm Project visualizes possible genetic relationships. Here's how the DNA results of your siblings and cousins can narrow the possibilities.

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Dec 23, 2022

9 People Received DNA Kits as Gifts and Their Lives Changed Forever

Here are nine quick DNA success stories. Each made the discovery of a lifetime — like reuniting with a long-lost relative, discovering a close family member, or solving an old family mystery.

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Dec 22, 2022

How to Quickly Find the Best Sales on DNA Tests

The major DNA tests all have holiday sales. Rather than post about them individually, I'm sharing a link to a comparison page with links to all the prices.

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Dec 21, 2022

How to Uncover Your Native American Ancestry

DNA testing can help. This detailed example shows you how to do it by testing autosomal DNA, Y-DNA, and mitochondrial DNA.

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Dec 19, 2022

Adopted Separately, Full Siblings Meet After 50 Years

One sister went to the U.S. and the other stayed in England. Thanks to DNA testing they found each other and eventually met in person.

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Dec 16, 2022

Woman Abducted as a Baby Reunited with Family

51 years after she was abducted, this woman was reunited with her family through genetic genealogy DNA testing.

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Dec 14, 2022

Free DNA Tests for Holocaust Survivors

Holocaust survivors and their descendants have used genetic genealogy to learn about family connections severed by genocide. Now more of them can test for free.

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Dec 12, 2022

DNA Reunites Australian Father with Daughter in Kentucky

As DNA databases become more global, neither secrecy nor geography is a barrier to parent-child reunions. This brief video shares one such case.

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